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Sharing space

Artists collaborate to present solo exhibitions Friday

Daron Letts
Northern News Services 
Published Thursday, November 4, 2010

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Three creative Yellowknife women will showcase three homegrown projects at Centre Ice Plaza on Friday and Saturday.


Painter Bonny Madsen and ceramic artist Astrid Kruse collaborated with entrepreneur Bonnie Arychuk, owner of Barrenland Jewelry and Gifts, to prepare a two-day exhibition of their latest work.


The showcases run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow.

Madsen and Kruse each rented gallery space on either side of Arychuk's shop in the Range Lake-area mall for the weekend. Madsen's 2010 collection of oil paintings, titled Inspirations, will fill one of the galleries. Kruse's solo show, titled Aura Sphere, will fill the other gallery with an array of functional and ornamental ceramic designs.


Photo taken by Daron Letts Courtesy of NNSL Oct 2010 Yellowknife painter Bonny Madsen displays work for her Nov. 5 2010 solo show, Inspirations - in her Artistic Expressions Studio on School Draw Ave.

Inspired and challenged

It has been seven years since Bonny Madsen made the choice to pursue a career as a full-time professional artist.  After building an original style through which to create her distinctive oil paintings known for celebrating and documenting Northern landscapes and people, Madsen remains ever-challenged and inspired by the pursuit of her art.   "My show is titled Inspirations because there is no way you can live in the NWT and not be inspired," said Madsen, who moved north 25 years ago.  Madsen's layered oil paintings traditionally take three months or more to compose and complete and many more months to dry for exhibition.  "I have painted in other mediums such as acrylic and watercolour, but always come back to oil," she said. "I have a meticulous process that I follow and using oil gives me the ability to produce the quality of painting I need to achieve."  Her latest collection includes a new style of painting that has provided Madsen with new ways to express her artistic voice on canvas.  "Wanting to challenge myself, I recently attended a course on the style of Alla prima painting," she said. "It is an Italian word meaning 'at once.'  "Employing the Alla prima technique, Madsen can create large paintings in days. Beyond decreasing the amount of time each work takes, the 500-year-old technique helps Madsen to play with the fusion of realism with expressionism.

Madsen mixes her paints in such a way that the oils become more fluid and dry more quickly, creating a softening effect on her lines and layers. Allo prima brings a fresh complexity to Madsen's existing style.  Madsen will debut 10 of her Allo prima paintings at Friday's show, along with 15 layered oil paintings. The works include representations of photographs by Dave Brosha and images inspired by Madsen's visit to Gameti earlier this year, among many other Arctic subjects.

Kruse, Madsen, and Arychuck will each open their special events Friday at 6 p.m.


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